Romania Legalizes Medical Marijuana
By Steve Elliott
The Eastern European nation of Romania has legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
Prior to the law change, the possession and use of cannabis for any purpose was illegal in Romania, reports Irinia Popescu at Romania-Insider.
Under the new law, cannabis derivatives may be used to alleviate pains and reduce frequency of seizures in cases of epilepsy, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and certain other conditions, according to Novinite.com.
Tests are currently underway in Romania to determine the effectiveness of using marijuana for Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and Tourette syndrome.
Manufacturers will be allowed to apply to the Romanian National Agency for Medicines for official approval to market drugs that contain marijuana by-products like resins or concentrates, reports Sara Gates at The Huffington Post.
Romania is the 10th member of the European Union (EU) to legalize medical marijuana, Novinite.com reported. According to The Huffington Post, the Czech Republic, France and the Netherlands are among the countries in the EU that have already legalized the use of medical marijuana products.
Unclear in the published reports is whether actual cannabis flowers will be allowed under the Romanian medical marijuana scheme. Ionut Fantaziu of Yahoo! News' Romanian edition reports that Laws 1439 and 339, which regulate the use of marijuana for medical purposes, allows derivatives including "dyes, resins or plant fragments"). Are dried cannabis flowers "plant fragments"? Stay tuned.